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  • Arnot-Roberts Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018


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    “One of the highlights in this range, the 2018 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard dazzles from the very first taste. In the glass, the 2018 is deep, inky and yet also light on its feet. Sweet red fruit, red plum, mint, spice, licorice infuse the Coastlands with tremendous intensity, and yet the 2018 remains light on its feet, in the way the best Pinots from this site magically can. This is a fabulous showing and a textbook example of what Coastlands is all about. Readers who can find it should absolutely not hesitate. Drinking window: 2020-2033. 96 points

    California is a hotbed of talent these days. Even so, I can’t think of too many producers who excel with so many different varieties and wines as Duncan Arnot and Nathan Roberts do. This range is full of highlights. The reds are especially strong this year, led by the stunning Coastlands Pinot, three rock-star Syrahs and a trio of 2017 Cabernets that capture all the best that challenging year had to offer. As always, the wines are built on energy and vibrancy, with a good bit of whole cluster influence in the Pinots and Syrahs.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016


    “Pale ruby with some black tints. Crunchy blackberry and violets, herb and earth. Firm tannins, juicy acidity, spice, pepper and earth. Salty tang. Tense and tightly wound. Great wine. Drink: 2023-2028. 17.5+ points”

    Tim Jackson, (07/19)

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  • Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2018


    “A very pale-hued yet elegant style that displays bitter cherry, orange peel and potpourri aromas. The 35% whole bunch component is integrated, offering spice and drive. The acidity is gently refreshing while the tannins are elegant. This vintage perhaps doesn’t have the stuffing of the best Ata Rangi’s but it is deftly handled; the period the wine spent in barrel was reduced so this pretty style did not become oaky. If you have other recent vintages from Ata Rangi in your cellar, you might want to uncork and enjoy the 2018 first, as it’s going to provide plenty of enjoyment in the first 3–8 years of its life. Drinking window: 2022-2028. 92 points”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (03/21)

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  • Barbacan Pizamej Valtellina Superiore 2017


    “Chiavennasca and 5–6% Rossola. (The DOC regulations stipulate at least 90% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo).) Vineyard planted in the 1930s.

    Concentrated mid ruby. Perfumed, deep and concentrated nose, with a hint of savoury spice. Well-stitched, more rounded and a little less edgy than the Sol, but with impressive juicy, fluid red fruit and long, finely chiselled tannins. Very long, elegant and supple. Drink: 2019-2026. 17+ points”

    Walter Speller, (11/19)

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  • Barbacan Rosso di Valtellina 2017


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  • Barbacan Sol Valtellina Superiore 2017


    “Same winemaking as the regular Valtellina. Cask sample.

    Lustrous mid ruby. Really pretty perfumed nose with great focus. Concentrated but fine. Succulent, minerally fruit with a saline note on the finish. Fine, long-lasting, clinging tannins. Drink: 2020-2028. 17+ points”

    Walter Speller, (11/19)

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  • Baricci Brunello di Montalcino 2015


    “Good full ruby-red. Captivating nose combines, ripe red cherry, black plum, minerals, herbs, mocha and sexy brown spices. Juicy and sweet, with refined, suave blackberry, raspberry, minerals and tobacco flavors dominating. Finishes extremely long, with a steely quality, fine-grained tannins and a multifaceted personality. Another great Brunello from Baricci. Drinking window: 2024-2035. 96 points”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (04/20)

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  • Baricci Rosso di Montalcino 2018


    “The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino lifts up with a dark and layered bouquet of dusty roses and smoky minerals, giving way to blackberry, plum and exotic spice. It’s silky and pliant in feel, with depths of ripe red and black fruits offset by cooling mineral tones, while turning more savory and floral toward the close. Round tannins coat the senses under a display of violet florals and lavender. This is a Rosso that dreams of being a Brunello; cellar it for another year or two, and reap the rewards. Drinking window: 2022-2026. 93 points

    The Baricci Rosso di Montalcino is unique in that it’s sourced through a selection of fruit made during the harvest from within the Montosoli cru. Francesco Buffi of Baricci describes this as a vine-by-vine approach, and not a focus on younger vines, simply those that lend earlier drinking qualities to their Rosso. It’s worth mentioning that even their most recently replanted vines are no younger than twenty years of age. From there, the Rosso fruit undergoes a maceration that lasts just as long as the Brunello (fifteen to eighteen days), and it is then matured for twelve months in twenty-hectoliter Slavonian oak. Basically, it’s a single-vineyard Montosoli Rosso di Montalcino in all but name, and it’s seriously worth seeking out.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (01/21)

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  • Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d’Alba 2015


    “The 2015 Barbera d’Alba brings together the sumptuous personality of the year with a very classic sense of structure. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, spice and floral notes abound in this fleshy, voluptuous Barbera. Drink it over the next decade. Drink: 2018-2025. 91 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (06/18)

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage 2019


    “The 2019 Evangelho Heritage Wine is a total knock-out. The later than normal harvest yielded a wine with a bit more mid-palate juiciness than is typically the case. Dark red/purplish fruit, along with hints of cinnamon and new leather, develop with time in the glass. The Evangelho is a blend of the Zinfandel, Mataro and Carignan-based field blends, with the Mataro quite prominent today, and the Carignane less so. In a word: superb. Zinfandel, Mataro, Carignan, Palomino, Alicante, Mission. Drinking window: 2024-2039. 95 points

    Morgan Twain-Peterson MW and Chris Cottrell turned out a dazzling set of 2019s. The whites in particular are brilliant and show just how compelling the vintage is in Sonoma for white varieties. As for the 2019 reds, they don’t quite reach the stratospheric heights of the 2018s, but that is a pretty high bar to match. In the 2019 reds, readers will find aromatic, bright wines with terrific energy and just a bit less structure than in the most important years. More importantly, the Bedrock wines provide a fabulous opportunity to explore the nuances of many top Sonoma sites. Stated another way, the quality of vineyards is especially apparent in 2019, a year with a bit of rain in the spring that caused berries to size up. Lastly, readers won’t want to miss the Zinfandel Old Vine. Twain-Peterson and Cottrell were a bit wary of the wine market during a pandemic and were consequently especially stringent with the lots that were bottled as vineyard designates. Everything else went into the Zinfandel Old Vine, to its benefit, and yours.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel 2018


    “The 2018 Zinfandel Old Vine is bright, floral and beautifully perfumed. Crushed red berries, flowers and sweet spice give the 2018 a very pretty sense of lift. In 2018, the Old Vine is especially gracious and light on its feet. The blend incorporates fruit from a number of top sites, including Bedrock, Teldeschi, Esola, Pagani, Papera, Evangelho and Pato. Drinking window: 2020-2030. 91 points

    I tasted a massive number of wines with Morgan Peterson for this report. Thirty five, to be exact. All I missed was the 2017 Montecillo Cabernet, which had not been bottled at the time. Readers will have a very hard time choosing in this range, as so many wines are mind-blowingly profound. Moreover, the wines are so expressive of site. The real essence of these vineyards, among the most historic in the United States, comes through loud and clear. It is an especially strong vintage in the Russian River Valley, as the Limerick Lane, Carlisle, Papera, Dolinsek make abundantly clear. Although Pinot and Chardonnay are far more popular in the Russian River, I often think Zinfandel-based field blends are the real stars of the appellation. In Sonoma Valley, the Monte Rosso, Old Hill, Pagani Ranch and Bedrock are all superb. Prices are incredibly fair, to say the least. Simply put, this is a monumental set of wines from Morgan Peterson and his long-time partner Chris Cottrell.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • Bel Colle Barolo Monvigliero 2015


    “Verduno. Tasted blind. Mid to deep ruby with orange tinges. A little herbal and subdued on the nose. Quite closed while the concentrated fruit is slow to unfurl on the palate with marked acidity and wall-to-wall tannins. Great tactile finish, but not ready by far. Drink: 2022-2032. 17 points”

    Walter Speller, (06/19)

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